From the Big Green Week website:

The Schumacher Lectures: Beyond Sustainability – Towards a Regenerative Economy

Saturday, June 15, 2013 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

City Hall

Cost: £35 (£25 concessions and members of the Schumacher Society)

Buy tickets here (link.)

For 25 years sustainable development has been held up as the solution to the world’s problems. But instead we have had ever more pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change. Sustainability has been abused like few other terms in history. It is time to think not just about sustaining the world’s badly damaged ecosystems and human communities, but about regenerating them instead?

This day of Schumacher Lectures will map out steps towards regenerative development – in the context of climate change, urban futures, environmental policy and new approaches to ethics in a deeply materialist world.

Our speakers are among those leading this movement – cities expert Herbert Girardet; Satish Kumar – editor of Resurgence & Ecologist; Jane Davidson, former Welsh minister of environment; Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement; Mary Clear of Incredible Edible Todmorden; European planner Michael Schwarze-Rodrian and Carbon Coach Dave Hampton.

Rob is the co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and of Transition Network. In February 2012 Rob and the Transition Network were among NESTA and The Observer’s list of Britain’s 50 New Radicals, and in 2012 won the European Economic and Social Committee Civil Society Prize. Rob lectures, blogs and writes widely on Transition. He is the author of 3 books – and with this talk he’ll be launching his latest, ‘The Power of Just Doing Stuff’. He lives in Devon and grows fine beetroot.

The Power of Just Doing Stuff

What can the work of Transition initiatives, now popping up in 40 countries, contribute to our thinking about how we create a sustainable, and more resilient future? Rob will regale us with tales from across the Transition Network: of how solar energy is reviving a London community, how a small garden in a town in Portugal brought a community back together, of the communities looking to community resilience as the foundation of their economic future, and the pioneering local food business founded by people with no previous knowledge of either running a business or local food. It is through joining up such stories, he will argue, that a new economic story starts to emerge, one that goes beyond theory and can already be seen in action around the world.

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